What My Great Aunt Said [& Did Not Say] about Our Family and Its Owning Slaves Jacki Kellum Memoir


“Down the road about a mile west of where the Dunscomb family lived and acoss the railroad, a black couple, Mose and Lize, lived. Mose and Lize, who had no children, lived in a three-room house. Mose and Lize helped Kenley and Mayme with work on the farm and in the house when they were needed. Farther west was another track of land on which a sufficiently large house for accommodating a large family was located where children of hired parents could find work when they were not in school. Compensation for their chores afforded the children money for spending on entertainment or on clothes. The children walked to school by way of the railroad, through the fields, and across highways. There were no school buses at that time. In 1970 a labor law was passed permitting landowners to hire workers at minimm wages for day labor or as sharecroppers. In either case the landowners had to abide by the law.”

[I am not sure what my great aunt was saying. She seems to be saying that these people worked in exchange for a home, until 1970–??? Or perhaps they worked for greatly reduced rates and a place to stay until 1970. She does continue in telling about actual records that she found which do prove that my family did own slaves prior to the Civil War]

“At the library in Union City was found the County Agricultural record of 1856 and 1857 for both Daniel Whitaker and Gideon Godsey (Sarah’s dad) [Sarah Elizabeth Godsey Whitaker was my great grandmother’smgrandmother – Daniel Whitaker was my great grandmother’s grandfather].

1856 – Daniel Whitaker owned 9 slaves, 8 horses, 15 cattle, 60 swine
            Crops sold for cash: 175 bushels of wheat – 1700 bushels of corn

1857 – Daniel Whitaker owned 7 slaves, 6 horses, 1 mule, 18 cattle, 17 sheep, 40 swine
             Crops sold for cash: 3 heads of tobacco – 100 bushels of wheat
                     875 bushels of wheat – 250 bundles of corn

Gideon Godsey owned 2 horses 7 cattle, 11 swine

Curry, Mildred Window to the Past, pgs. 41 – 42.


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